Union leaders call for joint task force to protect 100s of rail plant jobs

Union leaders are calling for a joint task force to be set up to secure the future of the country’s biggest rail assembly plant and protect hundreds of jobs. Unite said it was a sensible way to come up with a solution to protect the roles of around 550 workers at the Alstom train manufacturing site in Derby, along with 780 contractors who are also at risk.
The union said a further 900 jobs are under threat in the supply chain, blaming the proposed redundancies on delays in the HS2 high-speed railway line.
Unite said a task force involving the Government, Alstom, the local council and the union should work together to find a way of avoiding the cuts or at worst mitigating the numbers involved.
It said a combination of contracts bei …